The U.S. State Department has created this Web site to provide a brief but detailed explication of foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) and the process through which they are identified and designated. As the site states, FTO designations play a critical role in the fight against terrorism; they are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business. The site explains how FTOs are identified and designated officially, citing the legal criteria for the designation and detailing the legal ramifications of being so labelled. The site concludes with background notes on the FTO list, which was begun in 1997, and the names of the thirty-four organizations that currently comprise the list.
The September 11 Digital Archive
Funded by a major grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and organized by the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to "collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and the public responses to them." The goal of this project is to create a permanent record of the events of September 11, 2001, and, in the process, "foster some positive legacies of those terrible events by allowing people to tell their stories, making those stories available to a wide audience, providing historical context for understanding those events and their consequences, and helping historians and archivists improve their practices based on the lessons we learn from this project." The site includes video, digital creations, documents, and messages from various discussion groups.
The September 11th Sourcebooks: National Security Archive Online Readers on Terrorism, Intelligence and the Next War [.pdf]
On September 21, the National Security Archive (NSA) posted the first volume in its new series, the September 11th Sourcebooks. The series is intended to fulfill NSA's mission "to put on the record the primary source documentation that can enrich the policy debate, improve journalism, educate policymakers, and ensure that we don't reinvent the wheel or repeat the mistakes of the past." The first volume, Terrorism and U.S. Policy, covers a wide range of primary documents grouped in five main subjects: Terrorism and Usama bin Ladin; Congressional Research Service reports; General Accounting Office reports; Department of Defense Directives, Instructions and statements; and Presidential Directives and Executive Orders. Five additional and equally informative volumes have been created since then, dealing with Afghanistan, biological warfare, anthrax, and the hunt for bin Ladin. Readers can sign up to receive email alerts when the site is updated.
If you would like to recommend a Web site for inclusion in a future issue of Duke University Libraries, contact Joline Ezzell at firstname.lastname@example.org.